New Events for 8/18/11

Remember to visit the website often, There you will find additional events under Ongoing Offerings, the Homeschool Business Listings and several Educational Helps, as well as the ability to search all past posts. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop since it has become SO EASY! My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions.


Chess Club meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, October through May, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. (immediately following PE class) at the Salvation Army, 824 Union Road, 63123. This is a drop-in club. Come every time or whenever it fits with your schedule. This is a great opportunity for chess enthusiasts to gather and enjoy the game of chess. We begin with a short lesson and then fit in as many games as time allows. Price is FREE! If you have questions, contact Judy Maichel at 314-352-1319 or mjmaichel{at}juno{dot}com


First Session: 9/6-10/29

$96 / 8 weeks

Steel Shop Tennis Club

900 North Main, St. Charles, 63301


Choice of Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday; 1-2pm (minimum of 6 players per class)

Junior players enrolled in the current session receive free walk-on court time on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays for 1-3pm and eight free passes to use the hitting alleys.

Membership required ($55 junior, $95 family)


There is a wonderful Christian lady who teaches dance at Studio C. Her husband suggested she teach dance on the side to those who were not interested in the competitive side or the money was a factor. She started teaching ballet and jazz at South Side church of God. She charges 20.00 for 6 weeks. She has never taught a straight homeschool class. There are a few in her classes. Her classes just keep growing. This is truly a ministry for her and she is just beginning to see that. All of the money is donated to a ministry of her choice. She keeps none of it and the church lets her use the building for free. She has a dance and drama degree from England and takes what she does seriously. She felt there was a need for quality affordable dance. She does not do recitals (no expensive costumes and makeup) and the kids can wear whatever they want as  long as it does not trip them up. She does not teach tap because it is on a slick floor. Currently I have set up a class with her for Tue. from 1:45-2:30 which is close to full. She said if it fills she will do another one before that and if that fills she will do one before that. Please call her at 636-326-5101   The classes start after Labor day, so SOON!!!! There are no age restrictions. She said if you have an older girl at this point there are not enough for a class but she would do a private class. Same price.  She also said if you were in a position that you could not afford the class if your husband lost his job or something to talk with her and she would help.

LifeLight Youth Theatre’s Performing Arts Classes Fall Registration

Registration is open for LifeLight Youth Theatre’s performing arts classes and classes begin Monday, September 12th at Grace Community Chapel.   You can visit the website at:

5000 Year Leap Class and Civil War Class

I am Jan  Rolwes. I  am a certified teacher and  have taught for 30 years.  As a teacher in the Francis Howell School District, I was chosen Teacher of the Year.  My students placed me in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers five different times.  I was also invited to participate in the Teacher Appreciation Program sponsored by the Scholars Academy.  I have been nominated for Disney’s American Teacher Award, the SEAM Award, the Howell of Fame Award and Conservation Teacher of the Year Award.

The ancient proverb:  “Tell me, I forget.  Show me, I remember.  Involve me, I understand,” hangs over my desk.  As I write my lesson plans, this proverb guides my teaching.  I want students to become involved in whatever we study.  This fall    I will be offering 2  classes.

2011 Fall Classes
9:00 a.m.-10:30a.m. The American Civil War
Everyone is turning their attention to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. This class is an opportunity for your student not to just learn about the Civil War but to actually “live” the Civil War.  The students will enlist in the army of their choice, make their own uniforms, learn to drill and reenact battles.  The class will cover all five years of the war.  Each year uses a variety of activities utilizing all four learning styles: tactile, kinesthetic, auditory and  visual.  Each year includes a short skit, battles and music.  In all your student warrior will experience the events of our nation’s crucible: The War between the States. As they do, they will be active, not passive learners.  More important that conflict which raged in the 1860’s on countless battlefields becomes real and the men, women and children who lived then take on a new human dimension for your student who will never forget this experience.
Ages: 12-15 Cost:  $75.00           Supplies: $12.00

11:00 a.m.-12:30p.m.    The 5000 Year Leap
What are the principles that allowed us to become the greatest free nation in the world?  Our Founding Fathers came from different means, education, careers, and religions.  However they did have one purpose and that was to write a Constitution.  They looked to earlier thinkers:  Polybius, Charles de Montesquieu, De Tocqueville, and others.  They studied other governments to learn what worked and what didn’t work.  They all agreed that the Anglo-Saxon Common Law and People’s Law of Ancient Israel were the best.  The 5000 Year Leap teaches the 28 principles of freedom.
With the adoption of our Constitution our nation became a nation based on law, the Constitution being the supreme law of the land. Today we have become a nation based on a society of rule by man.  The Constitution, once held in high esteem, is now often ignored, changed to meet the opinion of a judge, or considered outdated; whereas our Founders revered it and considered it a document written for the ages. The 5000 Year Leap emphasizes that the Constitution is not out of date.  The Founders  were structuring a framework of government to fit the requirements of human nature.  They do not change.  What protected the freedom of George Washington will protect freedom for you and me.
Ages:  15-18    Cost:  $75.00 Supplies: $15.00 (includes book)

(The 5000 Year Leap and The Making of America are both recommended by Concerned Women for America and The National Center for Constitutional Studies.)

Classes  will start August 25, 2011.  Classes will be every Thursday for 16 weeks.  The class will be held at Stone Ridge Clubhouse, 72 Tara Lane, St. Charles, 63304.  Registration due by August 15th 2011.    For registration or if you have any questions, please visit my website.,  or e-mail me at theexploringcenter{at}charter{dot}net or call me (636-300-7408)

Special Deal
Many parents have told me about their love of history.  Several parents explained that they wished they had paid more attention to their history classes. Some parents have mentioned that they would enjoy taking a class also.  If you are interested in taking a class with your student, that would be great.  Your only cost would be for supplies.  NO CLASS FEE.

Winter Classes
I will offer The Making of America which studies the political and economic principles from the preamble through the amendments to the Constitution.  You will learn how nearly every problem today can be solved by restoring these successful concepts.
Starting in January, I will began the History of American cycle with a class on explorers called Galleons.  The following classes are Native Americans, Colonial America, The American Revolution,  The Making of America (The Constitution), Westward Movement and The American Civil War.

Faust Historic Village Open House

August 20-21, 27-28; 1:00 — 5:00 p.m.

15185 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, Missouri

Free to the public

The historic homes in the Village will be open both of these weekends. Guides in period dress will be available to answer questions about the structures, as well as the heritage gardens that are lovingly attended to by dedicated volunteers.

Veterans Festival

Just in case you haven’t heard on Labor Day Weekend there will be a huge festival at Forest Park to educate citizens, honor veterans, and raise funds for veterans.  Here is a link to the website listing all the great FREE things going on at Forest Park:

As I mentioned earlier, this is also a time when we as citizens of this country can help raise funds for the men and women who have served in the military to preserve our freedoms!  There are several athletic events to participate in that require registration and a small fee.  All money received from participants in the events are given 100% to the veterans! That’s great news!

Some of the athletic events are full, such as the softball tournament. There are some spots in the golf tournament left and the 1K to 5K walk or run. The walk/ run is in some desperate need of participants.  Currently there is 1 registrant. They had hoped for 2000.  That’s a huge disappointment. It is only $20 per person to participate and you get to help our veterans and get a t-shirt as well!  =)

If you are interested in signing up for the walk/run or the golf tournament visit this link:

MBU Chamber String Ensemble

Missouri Baptist University is currently seeking members for their community chamber string ensemble.  The ensemble is FREE and open to anyone (ages 16+) with previous string experience.  Rehearsals are every Monday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 pm on MBU’s West County campus (One College Park Dr, St. Louis, 63141).  This is an excellent opportunity for homeschool students to gain experience playing in a group setting.  If interested in joining, or more information, contact the MBU Fine Arts office at 314-744-5364.

If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  Comments are not available, but sharing is.

The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). Those marked with an asterisk (*) do not take place within the target area for this list, but are open to all homeschoolers who live in the target area. NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.

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